Watertown Makes Top 100 Safest Cities in America List

The Charles River from Watertown Square

A survey of communities around the United States found that Watertown was the 91st safest city in America, according to a recently released report. The NeighborhoodScout website’s survey looked at the likelihood of someone being the victim of a crime. Watertown was the 91st safest city with a the chance of being the victim of a crime 1 in 95. The study looked at cities of 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

In the top spot was Lake in the Hills, Ill., with a 1 in 333 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Police Find Drugs on Driver Found Passed Out at Wheel

A Watertown man faces several charges, including drug possession, following an arrest that started when he was found passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle. On Jan. 9, 2019, at 5:11 p.m., Watertown Police received a call about a vehicle blocking the intersection of Ralph Street and Grant Avenue. When officers arrived they saw a man passed out behind the wheel of a Ford F-250 pickup truck with the motor running and in gear, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. “It took several attempts banging on the window and yelling and he did not respond,” O’Connor said.

Woman Tracks Down, Confronts Suspect Who Took Her Credit Cards at Target

A woman who had her credit cards and jacket taken discovered the person who took them tried to charge items at Target and confronted her, leading to the suspect’s arrest. On Jan. 4, 2019, Watertown Police receive a call from the Target store in the Watertown Mall. When they arrived they found two women, one who said the other had taken her wallet and jacket from a gym locker, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. The victim, a 39-year-old Brighton woman, said several items were taken from her locker at Planet Fitness in Newton on Jan.

Police Log: OUI Charge for Driver Who Hit Pole & Home, Fraudulent Check Cashed for More than $1K

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

Dec. 24, 8:15 p.m.: An officer on Main Street encountered a man near Evans Street. While speaking with the man, the officer determined that the man had three active warrants. The 25-year-old Watertown man was arrested on three warrants from Waltham District Court, each for making a false 911 call.

Traffic Stop Leads to Man Being Arrested on Drug Charges

A 63-year-old Winthrop man was arrested when police discovered items used for dealing drugs inside his vehicle after they pulled him over on Dec. 29, 2018. At about 10 p.m. on Dec. 29, a Watertown Police officer patrolling on the Westside spotted a man he knew to have a suspended license, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. The man, identified as Larry Lucchetti, was pulled over for driving with a suspended license.